Sebastian Vettel will receive a five-place grid drop on Sunday’s Russian Grand Prix after being forced to replace his Ferrari’s gearbox.
The Ferrari driver has already had a difficult Friday in Russia after spinning in FP1 and retiring from FP2 with electrical issues. The team spent most of the session working on the car and it has now emerged that the German’s gearbox needs replacing.
Under the 2016 Formula 1 Sporting Regulations, a gearbox is required to last six full Grands Prix; Vettel’s has lasted only three.
Lewis Hamilton suffered a similar fate at the preceding Chinese Grand Prix China when his gearbox was replaced after the race in Bahrain.
This adds to Ferrari’s string of misfortune after losing a car in each of the first races with engine problems and both drivers colliding with each other at the start of the third race in China.
The team sits an already-distant second in the Constructors’ Championship standings, 53 points behind reigning champions Mercedes. The team was hoping to be able to take the fight to the Silver Arrows this weekend with an upgraded engine and aerodynamics that were introduced ahead of this weekend’s race in Sochi.
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